Police Scotland said on Sunday they were investigating reports of an online threat against author JK Rowling after he tweeted in favor of Salman Rushdie.
The chilling threat to the ‘Harry Potter’ creator came after she posted ‘feeling very sick right now. May he be well’ on Friday, in reference to Stabbed Rushdie while giving a talk in upstate New York.
“Don’t worry, you’re next,” one Twitter user replied to Rowling’s post.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘We have received a report of an online threat and officers are investigating.
Rowling on Saturday also confirmed that cops were involved after she shared screenshots of the threatening tweet and another from the same user praising the man who allegedly attacked Rushdie.
The account, using the name Meer Asif Aziz, called the suspect of stabbing Hadi Matar a “revolutionary Shia fighter”. [who] followed the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa,” referring to an order from the late Iranian leader targeting the author of the “Satanic Verses.”
Rowling, 57, also shared a screenshot showing that she had reported the user to Twitter, but was told no action would be taken as “there was no violation of Twitter rules. in the content you have reported”.
“Those are your guidelines, aren’t they? ‘Violence: You cannot threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence…,” she wrote in a reprimand from the social media site.
The account appeared to be suspended from Sunday afternoon.
The film company behind the Harry Potter films, Warner Bros Discovery, has “strongly condemned” the threats against Rowling.
“We stand with her and all the authors, storytellers and creators who bravely express their creativity and opinions,” the company said in a statement, according to the Guardian.
“WBD believes in free speech, peaceful speech and supporting those who offer their opinions in the public arena.”
He added: “Our thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family following the senseless act of violence in New York. The company strongly condemns any form of threat, violence or intimidation where opinions, beliefs and thoughts may differ.
Rushdie, 74, was off a ventilator and recovering after Friday’s attack at the Chautauqua Institution that damaged his liver and severed the nerves in his arms.
Alleged suspect Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault on Saturday in what a prosecutor called “a targeted, unprovoked and pre-planned attack.”
In 1989, Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie after he alleged his novel “The Satanic Verses” mocked religion.
With post wires